General Presentations

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100% for 100%—Establishing a school culture where ALL staff understand and respond to the needs of ALL students and staff.

Schools are complex, students are all unique, and teaching can be exhausting! Gone are the days where teachers could survive by shutting their doors and taking care of “their class”.  With the ever-changing intricacies that surround teaching, now more than ever it takes our whole village to help our students (and our staff) succeed.

This three-part workshop is designed to be done with school communities to challenge them to determine ways that they can understand each other and learn together to have ALL staff supporting ALL students and each other.

Part 1: The 100% Framework

This first session will introduce participants to the 100% framework and challenge staff to think about one or two small changes they could try to find ways to support both each other as well as students who are not in their homeroom.

Part 2: 100% of Staff Supporting 100% of Staff

The second session will begin to look at how staff can understand and support each other.  This second session will spend time focusing on how to engage in difficult conversations and find ways to build support and belonging within the staff group.

Part 3: 100% of Staff Supporting 100% of Students

This third session will challenge staff to look at their practices within the school that promote an inclusive learning environment for ALL students.  Staff will examine relationships with students and discuss opportunities to support learners that may not even be in their homeroom class.


7 Evidence-Based Strategies for Deep Learning (TQS Competencies 2 and 3)

Cognitive Science has uncovered numerous practices that have been proven to help with deep and durable learning in any subject and for learners of every age. Participants will explore these practices and will leave with numerous specific strategies for implementing them in their classrooms. Practices included are: retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, feedback-driven metacognition, elaborative interrogation, concrete examples and dual coding.


Apporter le soutien nécessaire aux enseignants en début de carrière (NQLS Compétence No 6)

Cet atelier aidera les directions d’école à comprendre les besoins uniques des enseignants débutants et le rôle décisif que joue la communauté scolaire pour faciliter leur insertion professionnelle. Deux thèmes majeurs seront abordés : les recherches menées sur les tendances démographiques actuelles dans l’enseignement, et les stratégies pratiques gagnantes pouvant être mises en œuvre par les enseignants débutants.


Connecting to the Heartbeat through Powwow Music and Dance (TQS Competency 5)

Are you interested in learning more about powwow music and dance?   During this session you will explore the significance and meaning of components of powwow regalia, song and dance. You will learn about current resources to support your learning of powwows, as well as learn a few dance steps!  This session will provide you with tools and resources to explore in your classroom tomorrow. 

Empowering School Leaders and Inspiring Change in Indigenous Education and Reconciliation (TQS Competency 5)

How are you inspiring and supporting your school community to engage in Indigenous education and authentically contribute towards reconciliation?  Learn how to continue to shift perspectives on how we view and meaningfully engage in Indigenous education within your school community.  Throughout this session we will explore successful strategies, effectives resources and connect with colleagues to learn promising practices related to:

  • Effective relationships with students, staff, family and community
  • Leading and learning Indigenous education and reconciliation within your school community

Engaging in Numeracy and Connections through First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Traditional Games (TQS Competency 5)

Did you know that First Nations, Métis, and Inuit traditional games are great ways to make connections to numeracy?  Traditional games can provide entry points to deeper understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing and further connections to the land.  Get ready to learn about resources for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit traditional games and how to create authentic learning experiences.

Explore, Create and Play! (Free, engaging, hands-on tools for your classroom)

Imagine your classroom with challenges to solve, opportunities to create and students who are engaged. In this session, participants will have HANDS ON experience with a number of engaging kits to promote interactive learning. Throughout the session, you will have an opportunity to EXPLORE, CREATE and PLAY! Any member can sign out all demonstrated kits and books FREE from the ATA library. Participants should come armed with a mobile device to navigate the Association library and begin requesting materials before they leave the workshop. Every teacher is guaranteed a take-away!

Fact or Fiction—Understanding Fake News and What We Can Do to See Through It (TQS Competency 3)

With the advent of blogs, YouTube and other social media, citizen journalism, entertainment and access to information has exploded. Without doubt, the internet and social media brought with it unprecedented connectedness, news not filtered by governments, and the ability to expose injustice and exploitation worldwide. It has also resulted in a world where misinformation and deception proliferate. In this session, participants will learn about the many types of deceptive information online and how to distinguish real from fake. Numerous free classroom resources and lesson materials will also be shared.


Going Further with Google Classroom (TQS Competency 3)

With Google for Education tools available to over 90% of Alberta school divisions and the emergence of Google Classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic, many teachers found themselves using this tool to post announcements and learning materials. In this session, teachers will be shown numerous ways in which teachers can enhance instruction, student learning and collaboration using Google Classroom. Numerous free resources will be shared.


Improving Teaching and Learning Through Professional Growth Plans

This session will provide teachers with an opportunity to reflect on their understanding of provincial legislation, policy and other requirements related to teacher professional growth; promote awareness of the effective components of a professional growth plan; and share materials and tools that can be accessed to assist in the development of those plans. The session will also address the implications for teacher evaluation and permanent certification.


La techno, j’en mange... et j’emprunte! (NQE Compétence No 3) 

Au cours de cette séance, les participants pourront MANIPULER du matériel faisant partie d’une variété de trousses conçues pour promouvoir l’apprentissage interactif. Tout au long de la séance, vous aurez l’occasion d’EXPLORER, de CRÉER et de JOUER! Tout membre de l’ATA peut emprunter les trousses et livres présentés lors de la séance GRATUITEMENT auprès de la bibliothèque de l’ATA. Il est suggéré aux participants de se munir d’un appareil mobile afin de pouvoir naviguer dans le site de la bibliothèque de l’ATA et commencer à réserver des ressources avant même de quitter l’atelier!

Managing Working Memory and Information Overload for Student Success (TQS Competencies 2 and 3)

For a variety of reasons, new learning can be overwhelming for some students. In this session, teachers will learn how to reduce ‘information overload’ of their students and maximize their working memory resources in class by implementing research-proven practices backed by cognitive science. Participants will learn the fundamentals of human cognition and will gain practical strategies to implement to provide greater classroom success.

Optimiser l’enseignement et l’apprentissage grâce aux plans de croissance professionnelle (NQE Compétences Nos 2 et 6) 

Cette session offre à chacun l’occasion de réfléchir aux cadres juridiques, à la politique, et aux autres exigences relatives à la croissance professionnelle des enseignants; de se familiariser avec les composantes essentielles et efficaces du plan de croissance; et de découvrir les documents d’appuis et les outils à la disposition des enseignants pour élaborer un plan de croissance professionnelle. Le processus d’évaluation des enseignants et les exigences pour l’obtention du brevet d’enseignement permanent seront également abordés pendant la session.

Reinforcing Learning with Retrieval Practice (TQS Competencies 2 and 3)

It can be very frustrating for teachers when students forget so much of what has been taught. Retrieval practice has been proven through decades of research as one of the most effective strategies to make learning ‘stick’ so learners of all ages can use it to solve problems, think critically and creatively, and develop other competencies. In this session, participants will learn why retrieval practice is so effective, and numerous retrieval practice activities and resources will be shared.

Support for Administrators of French Immersion Programs

Administrators new to the French immersion program and administrators who want to remain current in recent French immersion program development, literature, student exchanges and teacher professional development opportunities are welcome to attend this interactive workshop. In addition to the above, we’ll identify issues and promising practices suggested in the revised Alberta Education resource Handbook for French Immersion Administrators

The Science of Creating Effective Learning Materials with Dual Coding (TQS Competencies 2 and 3)

As teachers, we often create learning materials in the form of presentations, handouts, and materials written on whiteboards. In this session, we’ll examine what cognitive science and dual coding theory has shown to be the most effective ways to present and organize these materials. Participants will explore these fundamentals, learn how to fix materials that are less effectively designed, receive numerous resources.

Weaving Learning Strands for Inclusive Education

The new Teaching Quality Standard requires all teachers to “establish, promote and sustain inclusive learning environments where diversity is embraced and every student is welcomed, cared for, respected and safe”. Where should you start!? In this session, you will be introduced to short, interactive activities designed to enhance your understanding of inclusive education, resources specifically produced to build your competence and confidence; and ideas about the many paths you can pursue on your future professional inclusive education learning journey.